Championships on the Line
PITTSBORO, N.C. (October 11, 2017): During the last eight
months, Professional Drag Racers Association racers have
traveled the country chasing win lights. Results from the
seven events already contested on the 2017 tour have
proclaimed three new world champions. In Extreme Pro
Stock, it’s no surprise that multi-time champ, Cary
Goforth, has secured yet another in a long series of world
championship victories. In Lucas Oil Top Dragster, North
Carolina native Matt Cooke is back on top. He’ll add the
2017 PDRA Top Dragster World Championship to his former
IHRA crown. Representing Campers Inn RV Pro Junior
Dragster, Amber Franklin celebrates as the 2017 world
champion after just two years in the class.
While there’s little work left to be done by these three
champions, much is still at stake for drivers in the other
categories as the PDRA heads into its crowning event, the
World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park, held October
The PDRA is known for its incredible competition and
side-by-side racing. While this lends to spectacular
action at each event, it also often provides tight points
battles that come down to the final rounds of the final
event of the year.
Pro Extreme has regained strength as a class this year and
while some of the more recognizable names in the category
are no longer vying for the top spots, the competition has
been no less fierce with a tight points battle on the
line. Mike Recchia currently leads the pack, barely over
one round ahead of Sweden’s Mattias Wulcan. The 2017 Pro
Extreme World Championship will be decided by those two
drivers, with Terry Leggett, Tommy D’Aprile and Jose
Gonzales currently sitting in third through fifth, but too
distant in points to make a championship bid.
With just 101 points
separating Recchia and Wulcan, both qualifying position and competition
rounds will come into play at the World Finals.
The story is similar in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC,
where current reigning champion Tommy Franklin is leading Jay Cox and the
“Orange Pumpkin” by just 112 points. Lizzy Musi sits in third with a
mathematical, albeit unlikely, chance at the championship. Randy
Weatherford and Jason Harris follow to round out the current top five. If
Franklin can hold on and secure his second consecutive world championship,
he will make history with his daughter, Amber, who’s already wrapped up
the PJD Championship.
Jose Gonzales is pulling double duty this year. It’s hard enough to do
well in one category, but Gonzales has managed to put himself in the top
five in two. He sits fifth in Pro Extreme, and in Andy McCoy Race Cars Pro
Boost he’s the favorite to win it all. He currently leads young gun Ty
Tutterow by over three rounds. John Strickland, Melanie Salemi and Jeremy
Ray round out the current top five.
Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle has been dominated by Eric McKinney for
the entire four PDRA seasons. This year, McKinney once again has the
chance to continue this monopoly, but he’ll have his work cut out for him.
He’s 199 points behind leader Travis Davis. Chris Garner-Jones, Ashley
Owens and Chuck Wilburn sit in the third through fifth spots, but the
battle for the PXM title will be only between Davis and McKinney.
This year the PDRA debuted a new look at a long time drag racing favorite
- Top Sportsman. The class, sponsored by MagnaFuel, was effectively
divided into two - an Elite 16 and then the regular 32 car Top Sportsman
field. Each category will crown a champion in 2017. In Elite 16, Dewayne
Silance has made a comeback, but if second place man Randy Perkinson has
anything to say to about it, Silance won’t be adding a PDRA Championship
to his TS career. Billy Albert, Henry Underwood and Barry Daniluk round
out the top five heading into the World Finals.
In the 32 car field of Top Sportsman, it’s still anybody’s game. With the
top five separated by just 344 points, any of them could walk away with
the 2017 title. Points leader Mark Malcuit sits in first, just over a
round ahead of Don Rudd. Quentin Metheny, Donald Bean and David Weedon,
sitting in third through fifth respectively, are all separated by less
than a round. Top Sportsman will be a class to watch as the championship
could take a very exciting turn at the World Finals.
The PDRA welcomed East Side Auto Transport Extreme Outlaw 632 to select
events this year, complete with a championship on the line. Dillon Voss
currently leads the pack with 1309 point. Ken Quartuccio sits in second
with 1015 and Johnny Pluchino is right on his heels with 1011. The
championship is in the hands of those three. Jordan Ensslin sits in
fourth, leading his father Jeff Ensslin who rounds out the top five.
In MegaCorp Top Junior Dragster Brayden Davis has a sizeable lead with
1956 points. Arrelyn Garner-Jones (sitting in second) and Kaylee Love (in
third) are over three rounds behind Davis, but still have a shot at the
title. Josh Pribble Jr. and Ashley Franklin currently sit in fourth and
With so many titles still on the line, the World Finals at Virginia
Motorsports Park will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting events of
the year. Find ticket and complete event information at www.pdra660.com.
The entire event will be streamed live at www.SpeedVideo.com, beginning
with testing on October 19 and following the action until all event and
world champions have been crowned by Saturday night.
The PDRA will celebrate all their 2017 World Champions on December 9 at
the PDRA Awards, held in Indianapolis, Indiana in conjunction with the PRI
ABOUT THE PDRA
Based in Pittsboro, North Carolina, the Professional Drag Racers
Association is the top sanctioning body in the United States for the sport
of eighth-mile drag racing. The PDRA’s professional categories include Pro
Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Pro Boost, Extreme Pro Stock and Pro Extreme
Motorcycle along with several sportsman and various exhibition categories.
The 2017 PDRA schedule consists of eight national events. For more on the
world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing organization visit
www.pdra660.com. Follow the PDRA: Facebook, Instagram, Youtube.
PRESS CONTACT: Lisa Collier
Professional Drag Racers Association